K-State Teaming With USDA, FEMA on Ag Disaster Assistance Meetings

Events in Parsons, Paola, Independence and Fredonia.

Kansas State University Research and Extension is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to hold informational meetings for farmers and ranchers affected by the June 26 storms and floods in southeast Kansas.

The meetings, to be in four communities on different dates, will focus on disaster assistance available to producers.

Representatives of numerous agencies will be on hand to discuss assistance available for financial, production and physical losses. In addition to K-State Research and Extension, other agencies involved will include USDA's Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Risk Management Agency and Rural Development program; K-State's Kansas Rural Family Helpline; and FEMA.

Congressional representatives and animal-health professionals are also scheduled to participate.

The dates, location and contact information for the meetings are:

July 24 – 7 p.m. – Parsons – K-State Southeast Agricultural Research Center, North 32nd St. and Pefley Road – contact Keith Martin, Labette County Extension, 620-784-5337.

July 31 – 7 p.m. – Paola – Miami County Fairgrounds Building #4, Wallace Park – contact Diane Burnett, Miami County Extension, 913-294-4306.

Aug. 1 – 7 p.m. – Independence – Independence Civic Center, Pennsylvania Ave. (U.S. Highway 75) – contact Scott Gordon, Montgomery County Extension, 620-331-2690.

Aug. 2 – 7 p.m. – Fredonia – Buxton Christian Church, 3254 500 Rd. (6 miles south of Fredonia and 5.5 miles west on 500 Rd.) – contact Cheri Nelsen, Wilson County Extension, 620-378-2167.

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